Russian River HUGE Large Pilsner
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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
HUGE large: ’Sound Czech’Pilsner. Named after one of our favorite bands!
5.00% ABV / 1.048 O.G / 45 BUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dsreiser (2) - Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2009 does not count
I thought this was very well done for a Pilsner. Certainly modeled after the crisp bitterness in PIlsner Urquell, the beer surprised me. I am not a Pilsner fan whatsoever, but I would drink this beer all summer long. Thick for its style, and bitter enough to drive home some flavor, it was perfect with some pizza from the RR pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Clear dark yellow with a fizzy white head. Floral hops and cereal grain aroma. Crisp citrus and grain taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle shared from iowaherkeye. Odd vegetable aromas, some lemon initially. Golden color with an off white head. Rich enough with dryish flavors and some cheesiness. Palate is pretty creamy. Rich developing flavor. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Mostly hazy, pale straw colored body with a finger of fizzy white head. Moderate herbal/spicy noble hop aroma with a faint, crackery pils malt note in the background. Clean and fresh aroma. Not as inviting of a pils malt aroma as I’d like, but the juiciness of the hop aroma is certainly welcome. Light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, silky texture. Light crackery malt presence up front, followed quickly by a powerful herbal hop flavor. Intensely hoppy, with an herbal/spicy character that almost approaches grapefruit in quality, but still maintains a "noble" hop perception. Finishes dry, with a refreshing hop bitterness lingering on the palate. This is an awesome, summertime refreshing pilsner example with a hop flavor that provides stiff competition for prima pils. The board stated 33IBU’s, but my perception would be more in the 45-50 range. A little bit more pils malt complexity would be nice, but the mouthfeel is right on and I wouldn’t want that to get in the way of the hop character. Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4163) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Tap at the brewpub. Slightly hazy yellowish-golden color with a white head. Aroma of grassy/citrus hops and pale malt. Flavor is more of the same, with the hops very fresh-tasting and prominent. Almost like a pilsner IPA. Palate slightly dry and fairly full for the style (but still medium-light in the grand scheme of things). One of the best pilsners I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
On tap @ the brewpub, chalkboard states 5.7% and 33 IBUs. Hazy golden straw with creamy one finger head, great retention. Floral and grassy hops in the nose, with some sweet biscuits and fresh pasta as well. The flavor adds just a hint of citrus hops. The finish is dry with bitterness at a 4. Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Excellent lacing. A very good pils, but I still prefer Reality Czech.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
At the brewery during RBSG09. Hazy yellow with a lasting head. Super fresh citrus, spicy, and lightly grassy hop aroma. Clean pale malt flavors with lots of green, grassy, citric, spicy hop flavors and a dry, bitter finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Not a classic Bohemian hop profile, but very nice and hoppy stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
RBSG09 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy light dirty gold color with a wet filmy white head. Scent of oranges and lemons with some interesting spicy hops. Cereal grain flavor with orange peels, and lemon meringue. Almost tastes ale-like. Lightly sweet with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Handbottle from IrishBoy. Golden with a thin white head. Aroma is light citrus, with some hoppiness peaking through, and malts. Taste is malty, nice hoppiness showing through, nice depth with the malts that were used though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2008
A bonus hand bottle from irishboy. Ummm, you already sent some pliny for no reason! Shared among a few, we all appreciate it. Pours gold with a nice white head. Aroma is as expected, wheaty, yeasty, a bit of funk. Flavor is similar with a nice hop profile going on. grassy, grainy, some malt. Finishes a bit boozy, I put this around 8% having known nothing about it. This is probably the best beer of this style I’ve had, just not my thing.

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